Thursday, 10 May 2012

Slow Food and the UN Indigenous Peoples' Forum

"The ... problems afflicting modern society, are calling us to return to our roots and sustainable food systems that support the earth's vitality. Indigenous peoples are the stewards of these practices ... and it is to them that we must turn to in order to build new paradigms for our future." -Carlo Petrini

Slow Food President Carlo Petrini will speak at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on the right to food and food sovereignty. He will be joined in the discussion dedicated to the rights of indigenous peoples to food and food sovereignty by UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, and representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization and indigenous and governmental groups. Previously the Forum was only open to indigenous, governmental or UN representatives.

Slow Food has been working with indigenous communities for many years through its Foundation for Biodiversity projects and Terra Madre network, which brings together farmers, fishers, breeders, artisans, students, cooks and experts from all around the world. In 2011 Slow Food organized the first Indigenous Terra Madre meeting in Jokkmokk, Sweden. A second edition is planned for India in 2014.

Carlo Petrini will be speaking by invite from the Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty, of which Slow Food is one of the partners. The Partnership, founded in 2010 and lead by Mr. Phrang Roy, is a network of indigenous communities and organisations committed to defining their own food and agricultural practices that sustain agrobiodiversity, assisted by scientists and policy researchers who value participatory agricultural research approaches.
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